Who are you?
Jefro, my online nick since the late 1980s
What is your industry and profession?
Industry: Linux for automotive and embedded systems; I work for Red Hat, a subsidiary of IBM
Profession: Community architect, responsible for open source community engagements and partnerships; I have many years of experience running open source project and communities
Where do you use SketchUp? Personally/professionally?
Personal projects around architecture, modeling in general, and now 3d printing
Why do you use SketchUp and what is your favorite thing about it?
I started using Sketchup in 2006 when my wife and I designed a house that we eventually built. It was so illuminating to be able to cast shadows to orient the house, and to test the appearance of various features before building them. I was amazed at the accuracy and precision that the tool enables, and it gave us far more insight than 2d CAD.
Since then I have been using it on and off for a number of projects, including modeling all of our household furntiture , and I’m just starting into 3d printing and looking forward to using it for specific designs for buildings and possibly vehicles for model train layouts with my son.
How proficient are you in SketchUp? Somewhere between Beginner and Intermediate. I have the basics down, but being self-taught introduces a lot of gaps that I am slowly filling through the wonderful tutorials produced by the Sketchup team. The Friday live modeling sessions are very, very useful in this regard (and also very fun).
Have you gone to a SketchUp 3DBasecamp?
Not yet, but I hope to attend in 2022
What is your current set up?
Sketchup Pro 2021 on a Lenovo T14 laptop with 32gb memory, running Windows 10. Most of the time I run Fedora Linux, but I keep a Windows dual-boot partition specifically for running Sketchup.
Do you have a 3D Warehouse page with your models, Extensions, or a website you would like to link to or show off to us?
Not yet, but this is inspiring me to upload the models of which I am most proud
Anything else you would like to tell us?
What I love most about Sketchup besides the very satisfying tools and tutorials is the vibrant community that the team has built. Between the forums, the Basecamp conference, and the very active youtube channel, I feel like a part of the Sketchup family. As a longtime community manager myself, I know how difficult that is to pull off effectively. Huge kudos to the entire team.
I would love to see some video tutorials focusing on the gratis web version. The currently produced videos are really wonderful, but there are many modelers who use the web version occasionaly or even exclusively, and it would be very positive to include them as well. The web version is very capable but there are definitely tricks to taming it, especially with less than perfect internet connections. I use Linux as my primary desktop and sometimes the web version is the only option if I have an idea I want to sketch, but don’t have time to reboot into Windows.
All the best & looking forward to more learning on Fridays!